January events that are FREE


Tight on money after all that holiday shopping? Don’t even worry about it because there are always events going on in Chicago that are completely FREE.

Here’s a quick guide for you and your friends and family.


Head over to Lincoln Park Zoo to experience the magnificent displays of lights and holiday-season activities all throughout the zoo celebrating the holidays. From live ice-sculpture carving, to jamming out to holiday music, to great activities for your kids, there’s a lot you and your family can do!

For more information on dates, times, and the festive activities going on, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/zoolights-presented-comed-and-powershares-qqq-invesco

Holiday Flower Show

Each year the Garfield Park Conservatory throws the annual end-of-year flower show – this year with the theme being “Fire & Ice”. They feature many beautiful holiday floras, and it’s a great place to go if you’re interested in nature and taking photos!

For more information on dates and time, visit https://www.timeout.com/chicago/things-to-do/holiday-flower-show#tab_panel_3

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Do you enjoy comedic sketches? Then the Sketch Comedy Festival is the place for you to go to see a line-up of fantastic, hilarious performers. This festival is the perfect place to go with your friends and family to enjoy a night of comedy!

For more information on the start date and time, visit https://www.timeout.com/chicago/comedy/the-chicago-sketch-comedy-festival#tab_panel_3

Free Museum Days (Specific dates for all museums)

The Alder Planetarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Field Museum, or Shedd Aquarium you name it. These museums (and more!) have free admission dates for Illinois residents throughout January.

For more information on the dates, visit https://chicago.thelocaltourist.com/freemuseumdays